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Lebel 1886

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Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel

The Lebel Model 1886 (Lebel Mle 1886), or known officially as the Fusil Modèle 1886, is a French 8mm bolt action rifle which has the distinction of being the first military rifle designed to use smokeless powder cartridges. It incorporated some of the latest advances in rifle design at the time. A bolt head with two opposed front locking lugs that locked into the receiver and cammed surface on the rear of the receiver bridge providing positive extraction. The Lebel rifle was adopted in April 1887 and remained in service in the French Army until World War II, although its tube magazine had long become an obsolete feature. In 1893, the slightly improved Fusil Modèle 1886-M93 was introduced and nearly all earlier rifles were upgraded to the new standard. The Lebel Model 1886 rifle has an 8+2-round capacity and could also mount a spike bayonet. It was manufactured beginning in 1887 until May 1920. 2,880,000 Lebel rifles were manufactured in total.

Due to the lack of unconverted examples and the fact that the M93 version is visually indistinguishable, most if not all film and television appearances of the Lebel rifle are the 1886-M93 version.

The Model 1886/M93/M27 was designed after WWI to chamber the more useful and modern 7.5x54mm cartridge. The rifle was made by shortening the 1886 Lebel, adding a Mauser-type staggered five-round box magazine and a new 900 meter rear sight. The M27 Lebel proved to be a rather expensive and time-consuming conversion and was never formally approved for adoption, consequently only 1100 were ever produced. The Berthier Mle 1907-15 M34 would prove to be a more successful conversion.


  • Fusil Modèle 1886-M93.
  • Caliber: 8x50mmR
  • Length: 51.36 inches (130.45 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 31.44 inches (79.85 cm)
  • Capacity: 10 rounds (8 in the under barrel tube-magazine, 1 in the elevator, and 1 in the chamber. Though French Army doctrine was to only load it with 8 rounds.)
  • Weight: 9.73 pounds (4.41 kg)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,000 - 2,300 feet per second (609 - 701 meters per second)
  • Maximum Range: 3,500 - 4,500 yards (3200 - 4100 meters)

The Lebel 1886 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Verdun: Visions of History French soldiers 1928
Westfront 1918 French soldiers 1930
Wooden Crosses Pierre Blanchar Adjudant Gilbert Demachy 1932
Raymond Aimos Soldat Fouillard
French and German soldiers
Shock Troop French soldiers 1934
The World Moves On French soldiers footage from Wooden Crosses 1934
Seventh Heaven French soldiers seen in newsreels and footage from Wooden Crosses 1937
The Flying Deuces French Foreign Legionaries 1939
The Fighting 69th French troops 1940
Sergeant York French troops 1941
Casablanca Moroccan soldiers 1942
The Battle of the Rails (La bataille du rail) French Resistance fighters, German soldiers 1946
Ernst Thälmann - Son of his Class German soldiers 1954
Ernst Thälmann - Leader of his Class Spanish Republican fighters 1955
The Poet Valentin Gaft André 1957
Red sailors and French soldiers
Paths of Glory Ralph Meeker Corporal Philippe Paris 1957
Timothy Carey Private Maurice Ferol
Joe Turkel Private Pierre Arnaud
French soldiers
The Taste of Violence (Le goût de la violence) Guerrillas 1961
55 Days at Peking French and Italian troops 1963
Mata Hari, Agent H21 French soldiers 1964
Weekend at Dunkirk French soldiers 1964
Shock Troops (Un homme de trop) Resistance fighters 1967
Two Comrades Were Serving (Sluzhili dva tovarishcha) Red Army soldiers 1968
The Intervention (Interventsiya) French soldiers 1969
On a Comet The sailor on a Hikmet's ship 1970
The Old Gun (Le vieux fusil) Vichy militia and maquisards 1975
The Wind and the Lion French colonial troops 1975
March or Die Terence Hill Marco Segrain 1977
Jack O'Halloran Ivan
Max von Sydow Francois Marneau
French Foreign Legionnaires
Night Over Chile (Noch nad Chili) Chilean soldiers 1977
All Quiet on the Western Front French Soldiers 1979
The Big Red One Vichy French troops 1980
The Ace of Aces (L'As des as) French soldiers 1982
Sahara French soldiers 1983
The Razor's Edge Belgian soldiers 1984
Fort Saganne Gérard Depardieu Lt Charles Saganne 1984
French and Arabic soldiers
Capitaine Conan French soldiers 1996
Legionaire Jean Claude Van Damme Alain Lefevre 1998
Nicholas Farrell Mackintosh
French Foreign Legion
The Mummy Brendon Fraser Rick O'Connell 1999
Kevin J. O'Connor Beni Gabor
French Foreign Legion
The Mummy Returns Cultist 2001
A Very Long Engagement French soldiers 2004
Days of Glory Mathieu Simonet Corporal Leroux Lebel Model 1886 M93 M27 2006
Flyboys French troops 2006
Atonement French troops 2007
City 44 Józef Pawlowski Stefan Zawadzki 2014
Grzegorz Daukszewicz "Miki"
Far from Men An Algerian rebel 2014
Wonder Woman French soldiers 2017
Darkest Hour French soldiers 2017
An Officer and a Spy (J'Accuse) French soldiers and gendarmes 2019


Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Born by Revolution: On the Night of the 20th (Rozhdyonnaya revolyutsiey: V noch na 20-e) Moscow People's Militia members Seen in documentary footage 1976
Front Without Mercy (Front ohne Gnade) Spanish Morrocan soldiers Ep.5-6 1984
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Sean Patrick Flanery Indiana Jones 1992 - 1993
French soldiers
Lenin...The Train French soldiers 1988
Three Days of June French Colonial soldiers 2004
Verdun: Descent into Hell Peter Stock Anatole Castex 2005
French soldiers
And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) French soldiers Seen in documentary footage 2006
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons Romat revolutionaries 2008
Les Fusillés Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet Louis 2015
French soldiers
Through the Mill French soldiers 2017
Around the World in 80 Days Parisian Gendarmerie Ep. 01 2021
Paris Police 1900 French soldiers 2021


Title Character Note Date
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro lying on the floor 1979
Saga of Tanya the Evil Francois Republic's regular infantry 2017
Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie Francois Republic's regular infantry 2019

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
World War II Online: Battleground Europe With and without APX Mle 1921 scope 2001
Battlefield: 1918 2004
Forgotten Hope 2 "FR Lebel Mle 1886 M93" With and without APX Mle 1921 scope, can be fitted with bayonet and Viven-Bessières grenade launcher Added in v2.6 (2022) 2007
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Lebel 1886 2014
Verdun "Lebel Mle. 1886/93 Lebel" 2015
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 "Lebel" 2015
Battlefield 1 "Lebel Model 1886" "They Shall Not Pass" DLC 2016
Squad 44: Letters From The Front APX 1917 sniper variant and can mount bayonet, introduced in Plan Jaune update 2018
Hunt: Showdown "Lebel 1886" Variants with scope and axe blade stock for increased melee damage avaliable 2018
Tannenberg "Lebel Mle. 1886/93 Lebel" Romanian Update 2019
Beyond The Wire "Lebel Model 1886" both infantry and APX 1917 sniper variants 2021
Enlisted Lebel Model 1886 M93 2021

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